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W Trek 4 Days

Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days

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  • Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
  • Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
  • Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
  • Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
  • Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
  • Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
  • Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
  • Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
  • Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
  • Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
  • Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
  • Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
  • Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
  • Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
  • Win the W Torres del Paine circuit in only 4 days
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Puerto Natales
4 days
Spanish / English
Starts: From Rodoviario bus station in Puerto Natales at 07:00 AM on DAY 1
Ends: To Puerto Natales Rodoviario bus station at 21:30 on DAY 4
Free cancellation!
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The W Trek 4 Days is the express version of the W route designed, designed for travelers who have less time to complete this trek in Chilean Patagonia. You will walk the W trail from the Central Sector to the first viewpoint of the Grey Glacier.

This self-guided tour includes transfers from Puerto Natales, entrance fees to the Park, and a welcome kit with everything you need to enjoy this experience in Patagonia. In addition, it also includes 3 nights full board accommodation with a choice between equipped CAMPING or LODGE. The first night you will sleep in the Central or Chileno Sector and the second and third nights in the Francés or Cuernos Sector. Lodges will be assigned according to availability.

If your visit to Puerto Natales is short, this tour is what you need to visit Torres del Paine National Park and tour Torres del Paine in only 4 days.

Tour details

Included

  • Park access ticket
  • Transfer by bus from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine (round trip).
  • Catamaran ticket (Paine Grande - Pudeto)
  • 1 night of lodging in Central Sector
  • 2 nights of lodging in Franc√©s Sector or Cuernos
  • Full board (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners)
  • Welcome Kit (towel + liner + refillable bottle + notebook + map)

Not included

  • Breakfast day 1
  • Dinner day 4
  • Beverages
  • Guide
  • Luggage porter

Important information

Lodging

  • CAMPING accommodation is private in double tents.
  • CAMPING Chileno accomodation has an additional cost.
  • Lodging in REFUGIO is shared in rooms with 4 to 6 beds.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation!

If you cancel at least 60 days before the start of the tour, you will receive a 100% refund of the amount paid. If you cancel between 59 and 45 days before the start of the tour, you will receive a 50% refund of the amount paid. After this time or in case of not doing the activity, no refund will be made and it will not be possible to modify the reservation.

Reservation modifications are subject to the cancellation policies indicated, applying the corresponding penalty in each case depending on how far in advance the cancellation is requested.

Tour itinerary

Welcome Kit Torres del Paine - Puerto Natales

Welcome Kit W Trek 4 Days

We know that when planning the 4-day Torres del Paine trek, many questions may arise, which is why we have made a video that we will share with you together with your reservation confirmation, so that you can enjoy your trip to the fullest. 

In addition, a few days before your arrival in Puerto Natales you will receive an email with instructions on how to pick up your welcome kit and answer any last minute questions you may have.

entrance to puerto natales with a welcome sign

DAY 1 Puerto Natales - Trekking Base Torres del Paine

Difficulty: Medium - High

Distance: 13,67 mi. (22 km) (returning to Central Sector) / 10,5 mi. (17 km) (ending in Chileno Sector)

Total approximate time: 9:00 hours

Positive difference in altitude: 3517,06 ft. (1.072m)

Lodging: Central or Chileno Sector

‚ú® Highlights: Base Torres Lookout Point

Access to Torres del Paine National Park

The first day of the Torres del Paine 4 Days tour will start early. You will have to go to the bus station in Puerto Natales, where you will take the bus to the park departing at 07:00 in the morning. 

The bus will take you to the Laguna Amarga welcome center. There you will register as a visitor and enter the park.

welcome center

Torres del Paine Base Trekking

Once inside the park, you will take a minibus that will take you to the Welcome Center and from there you will start the Base Torres del Paine trekking.

The route of the first day will be the iconic ascent to the Base Torres viewpoint. 22 km of route divided in 3 parts: initial slope, descent and final ascent. 

The trail will start flat for 2 km. You will cross the Ascencio River Valley until you reach the first steep section of the route. This will be followed by 3 km of trail until you reach the Paso de los Vientos.

smiling girl in Ascencio River Valley

Lenga Forest - La Morrena - Base Torres Lookout Point

You will continue along a flat stretch of 4 km that passes through the Chileno Sector. You will enter a totally different ecosystem when the trail crosses a lenga forest and ends at the beginning of the third section. We recommend that you stop here and fill up your water bottle before facing the final stretch.

For almost 2 km you will find your own path between big rocks. The slope is hard but the reward is amazing: you will reach the viewpoint Base Torres del Paine.

La Morrena

Torres del Paine Base Viewpoint

From this viewpoint you can enjoy views of the famous granite towers that give the national park its name and the Torres del Paine Lake. 

Central or Chileno Sector

After the break, you will start your way back along the same trail, until you reach the Central or Chileno Sector, where you will have to check-in at the reception of the lodge and you will be assigned your time for dinner and breakfast the next day. Afterwards you will have free time to rest, shower, have a drink at the bar and have dinner.

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Please note that the Chileno Sector is located 5 km from the Central Sector, so if you stay in the Chileno Sector your route on day 1 will be shorter. The Chileno Sector is assigned when the Central Sector is full, especially if you are traveling in high season. The Chileno Sector only has Camping accomodaion and it has a supplement cost.

frances viewpoint

DAY 2 Francés Sector Trekking

Difficulty: Medium

Distance: 8 mi. (13.2 km) to Cuernos Sector / 10,5 mi. (17 km) to Francés Sector.

Total approximate time: 4:30 hours to Cuernos Sector / 6:30 hours to Franc√©s Sector. 

Positive vertical drop: 1115,49 ft. (340 m.) up to Cuernos Sector / 1706 ft. (520 m.) up to Franc√©s Sector. 

Lodging: Francés Sector or Cuernos Sector

✨ Highlights: Lake Nordenskjöld

Lake Nordenskjöld

After breakfast, the second day in Torres del Paine begins with the least demanding stage. In this section there is very little elevation gain and the trail is in very good condition. During this day you will walk along the Nordenskjöld lake, cross a small river and walk some stretches along the beaches that form next to the lake.

Almirante Nieto Mountain - Cuernos del Paine

During most of the route the background scenery is Cerro Almirante Nieto and the Cuernos del Paine. Patagonia in all its splendor as a backdrop.

Lake Nordenskjöld

Francés Sector in Torres del Paine

Without a doubt, this is the best day to enjoy the scenery without rushing, as you will walk for 4:30 - 6:30 hours (depending on the location of your accommodation). So you can take it easy and enjoy the views.

Both the French and Cuernos Sectors have the smallest and coziest lodges and campsites. Some travelers prefer to stay in the Francés Sector to take a few kilometers off the next day's route, while others prefer to enjoy the Cuernos Sector, our favorite sector because of the lodge’s atmosphere.

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Please note that if you stayed in the Chileno Sector the night before, your route will be 5 Km longer.

The Torres del Paine 4 Days tour includes the second and third night of lodging in the Franc√©s Sector or Cuernos Sector depending on availability. Both are good options. If you have a preference, please let us know when you make your reservation and we will do our best to adapt your program.

refugio french sector

DAY 3 French Valley Trekking

Difficulty: Medium-High

Distance: 11,18 mi. (18 km) from Cuernos Sector / 9,32 mi. (15 km) from Francés Sector.

Total approximate time: 9 hours from Cuernos Sector / 8 hours from Franc√©s Sector. 

Positive elevation gain: 3215,22 ft. (980 m.) from Cuernos Sector / 2624 ft. (800 m.) from Francés Sector.

Lodging: Francés Sector or Cuernos

‚ú® Highlights: French Lookout + British Lookout.

Italian Camp - French Lookout

The penultimate day of the route w in 4 days is one of the most demanding due to the cumulative elevation gain to reach the French and British viewpoints.

If you start from the Cuernos Sector, the first stretch until you reach the Franc√©s Sector will be a flat 4 km. It continues with a stretch of 1.4 km to the intersection where the trail splits in two. One trail ascends to the French and British lookout and the other continues to Paine Grande. 

You will take the road that goes up to the viewpoints and walk 1 km to "Campamento Italiano". This camp is for the exclusive use of CONAF park rangers and offers a "nursery" service. Many travelers leave their large backpack here in order not to carry it during the climb to the viewpoints, and only carry a small backpack with water, warm clothes and snacks. 

The hike to the French lookout begins, a 2.5 km walk with 300 meters of elevation gain.

French Lookout

Torres del Paine British Lookout

Once at the French viewpoint you can continue to the British viewpoint, 4 km long with 280 meters of elevation gain. When you reach the viewpoint you will find a rocky area that you can climb to take the best picture of the British viewpoint and enjoy the best views. 

views from British viewpoint

Skottsberg Lake

To finish the route, you will return along the same path and pick up the backpack from the "nursery". Afterwards, you will continue walking the remaining km to the Franc√©s or Cuernos Sector with a slight negative slope that your legs will be grateful for. 

If you are staying in the Cuernos Sector on the third night of the tour, you will have to add another 3 km to the route.

Skottsberg Lake

DAY 4 Trekking first viewpoint Grey Glacier - Puerto Natales

Difficulty: Medium-High

Distance: 19,57 mi. (31.5 km.) from Franc√©s Sector / 21,43 mi (34.5 km). from Cuernos Sector

Approximate time: 9 hours from Francés Sector / 10 hours from Cuernos Sector.

Positive elevation gain: 885,82 ft. (270 m.) from Franc√©s Sector / 1476,38 ft. (450 m.) from Cuernos Sector

Lodging: not included (return to Puerto Natales)

‚ú® Highlights: First Grey glacier viewpoint.

Cerro Paine Grande

The last day of the tour Torres del Paine in 4 days is almost a round trip on the same road, from the arrival to the Refugio Paine Grande. It has a medium-high difficulty for the total distance covered.

First lookout Grey Glacier

You will skirt around Cerro Paine Grande, enjoying the spectacular hanging glaciers. You will walk among Nirres, Coig√ľes and Notros. When you leave the grove, you will reach the end of your path: the first viewpoint over Lago Grey. From here you will be able to admire the magnitude of this glacier and see its ice floes floating on the Grey Lake. 

Take advantage of this idyllic location to enjoy your lunch box, and after the break you will start your way back to Paine Grande.

views from Lago Grey viewpoint with glacier grey on the back

Paine Grande ūüöĘ Pudeto ūüöĆ Puerto Natales

Once in Paine Grande you will have to go to the pier to take the catamaran that will take you to Pudeto (the catamaran ticket is included in the price of the tour). In Pudeto you will board the bus that will take you back to Puerto Natales, where you will arrive at 09:30 PM.

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Please make sure you calculate your walking time well, as you will need to arrive at the pier at least 20 minutes before the departure of the catamaran.

group paine grande wharf

What to bring to W Trek 4 Days

  • Passport
  • PDI: Migratory card (foreign travelers not residing in Chile)
  • Accommodation reservation ticket
  • Hiking pants: thin or short.
  • Long hiking pants for extra warmth
  • First layer: thermal T-shirt
  • Middle layer: fleece or similar
  • Outer layer: waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket or fleece
  • Cap or hat
  • Mountain footwear (waterproof boots if possible)
  • Resting slippers
  • Sandals (for showers)
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Flashlight and battery (especially useful in campgrounds)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Walking sticks
  • Cash (USD or CLP)
  • Medium trekking backpack (40 liters approx.)
  • Small trekking backpack (15 liters) for use in the sections with return to the same sector.
  • Long/short sleeve T-shirts

Where does the tour W Trek 4 Days start

The tour starts in the city of Puerto Natales. If you are traveling from Santiago de Chile the best option is to take a flight to Punta Arenas, and from there you can take a bus that in only 3:15 hours will take you to the bus station in Puerto Natales or hire a private transportation service with us.

If you are traveling from El Calafate (Argentina), there are buses that connect directly to Puerto Natales in a 5 hour trip or you can book a private service with us.

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